Three goals in the last 15 minutes condemned Coldstream to a defeat heavier than they deserved for their performance in Allan Wilson’s first game in temporary charge.
Injuries, suspensions and unavailability gave Wilson few options for Coldstream’s first competitive game since Andrew Gibson resigned.
Former Spartans second team defender Paul Sutherland was drafted in as a trialist, while interim assistant manager Phil Johnson was listed among the substitutes.
The home side got off to a bad start when the visiting striker took advantage of a mix up between defender Josh McLeod to goalkeeper Mark Walters to score. “It was a bad goal to lose,” said Wilson. “We were definitely rusty.”
But Coldstream responded well by creating three good chances to equalise, John Crawford going close twice.
Lothian may have finished the half slightly on top, but Wilson could be satisfied with the first-half performance.
Coldstream continued to caused the title challengers problems, Crawford going close with a header well saved by Kevin Swain. But a fine strike 15 minutes from time killed off the contest.
Lothian’s superior fitness then told in the closing stages as they piled on the pressure.
A penalty, given for a foul by Michael Allan, and then another goal in the last minute was cruel on Coldstream.
Coldstream: Walters, McLeod, Birkett, Cannon (Hebdon 66), Sutherland (Johnson 77), Hunter, Allan, Punton, Crawford, J Simpson, McCrudden. Sub not used: Baxendale.